Odds dramatically tumble on Leeds boss Monk being appointed manager of PL club
By Harry Sykes
The odds have dramatically tumbled on Garry Monk being appointed the next manager of Middlesbrough.
Bookmakers Sky Bet priced the Leeds United boss at 4/1 on Sunday afternoon to be named as the permanent successor to Aitor Karanka.
The Spaniard left Boro in March and his former assistant Steve Agnew has been unable to prevent the north-east outfit avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
The Oddschanger Twitter account, which monitors the betting markets, reported that the odds on Monk taking over the reins from caretaker Agnew have dropped from 20/1 outsiders to 4/1.
Leeds boss Garry Monk is now into 4/1 from 20/1 to be the next Boro manager.
— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) May 21, 2017
Monk is now third favourite to take over at the Stadium of Light this summer, behind only Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs (2/1) and ex-Leicester and Derby manager Nigel Pearson (3/1).
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The 38-year-old has experience of managing in the Premier League at former club Swansea and his reputation has been enhanced during a season in which he has transformed the fortunes of Leeds.
They challenged strongly for promotion before a final-month collapse meant they ended the campaign in seventh in the Championship, one place and five points behind the play-offs positions.
Monk is out of contract at Leeds next month and talks over an extension have been delayed while Andrea Radrizzani completes his full takeover of the club.
In other Leeds United transfer news, a deal worth multiple millions will be tired up by the Yorkshire giants next week and the fans will be over the moon.